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November 23rd, 2011
MIDDLEBURY — Upon entering the Middlebury Union High School basement classroom after the final tones signaling the end of the school day, high school students, Middlebury College undergrads and Middlebury resident Lisa Bernardin are taking their pulses. These students are about to become stress and psychology myth-busters who launch into a discussion on homeostasis, graying hair and acne.
The neurological banter filling the room is inquisitive, introspective and impressive. Their topic: The human brain.
BRISTOL — School boards in the five Addison Northeast Supervisory Union towns of Bristol, Lincoln, Starksboro, New Haven and Monkton last week met with consultant Ray Proulx to explore options for school consolidation.
Proulx, who last year produced a report on costs and benefits of consolidation in the Addison Central Supervisory Union, laid out several options. Superintendent Evelyn Howard said each board should continue to discuss unification options at their upcoming meetings.
MIDDLEBURY — Architects working on a potential makeover of the Middlebury municipal building will present draft plans to town officials on Dec. 29; plans that will include erecting a brand new structure or incorporating some of the existing bricks and mortar.
Middlebury officials have, for the past decade, been considering ways to improve or replace the town offices at the intersection of South Main and College streets.
BRISTOL — After Bristol Planning Commission Vice-Chair Chico Martin refused to accept public comments from long-time Bristol resident John “Slim” Pickens at last week’s planning meeting — an action that Secretary of State Jim Condos said potentially violated the state’s open meeting law — a small group of concerned citizens spoke out at Monday’s selectboard meeting.
MIDDLEBURY — A Middlebury College professor who on July 11 pleaded no-contest to a charge of embezzlement from the Salisbury Historical Society has resigned her tenured position at the college.
Kateri Carmola, an associate professor of political philosophy who has been on the college faculty since 2001, was accused of embezzling $4,500 from the historical society over a three-month period while she served as treasurer of the organization in 2010.
BRISTOL — At their Monday evening meeting, the Bristol selectboard listened to citizen complaints about the planning commission and handled a number of more routine matter.
Specifically, the board:
VERGENNES (AP) — The Vermont Attorney General’s office is trying to determine if a crime was committed when a woman attempting to rob a Vergennes convenience store in September died while she was held down by a store clerk. The state medical examiner late last week ruled the death of the woman a homicide.
On Friday, the state health department released the death certificate of Yemella Sprauve, who died Sept. 28 after she had been held down by the Champlain Farms clerk who took a knife away from her during an early morning struggle.
HANCOCK — On Nov. 15, the town of Hancock took another step toward recovery from Tropical Storm Irene when it settled on a contractor to repair a damaged bridge on the lower section of Churchville Road.
Town officials and Phelps Engineering Inc., awarded the bid to Champlain Construction at a selectboard meeting that Tuesday, for a project total of $259,688.90. The town expects that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will pay a large portion of that cost, while the rest will come from the town’s road budget.